Italy Travel Tips, Info and
Warnings for Planning a Trip to Italy
Our Italy travel tips
and info can come in handy if you are planning a trip to
Italy. Ask a travel
and get our advice. Where to eat in Venice and Rome? Where
best places to visit along the Amalfi Coast? The best Italy hotels,
even package tours?
will give you our honest opinion and unbiased travel reviews on places
we have visited, hotels we have stayed in and restaurants we have eaten
in, in Italy.
We will also give you tourist advice on the best places to visit, when
to visit Italy and of course here on this page, we will give you an
overview of the kinds of things you should be aware of when you first
Italy Travel Tips for the First Time Visitor
Italy Travel Tips - Passports and Airline Tickets
You cannot visit Italy unless you have a passport that is valid, and
still has at least 6 months on it.
Passports are also needed when you book into a hotel or other forms of
accommodation. A copy is made by the proprietor who, by law, has to
lodge this at the nearest police station.
Italy Travel Tips - Visas to Italy
Which country needs a visa to Italy? Do you know if you need a visa?
You may need a visa to enter the country depending on your nationality.
People from any EU country , including
those from the United Kingdom , do not
need a visa. Nor do people from Australia, New Zealand,
United States of America and
Canada . You will be allowed to stay in the country for a
maximum of 90 days only.
South Africans and most other nationalities will need to
apply to their local Italian embassy for a visa which
usually shows that you have a return ticket and enough money in the
bank for the time you will be in Italy.
Italy Travel Tips and Warnings - Crime
Italy is a wonderful country to visit, but like any other country Italy
has crime, especially in the main cities like Rome, Naples and Milan.
Therefore, be vigilant and don't pay any attention to young child
beggars who will distract you while someone else is
picking your pockets! The best way to deal with them is to say, "No!
Via!" Like the locals do. Making sure that you pronounce no
the Italian way which is short, and clipped, and not the English
A friend of ours got to Milan airport, stepped outside to catch a taxi
only to discover that in the short distance from the passport control
kiosk and the taxi rank he had had his passport and his wallet stolen.
There is nothing worse than having that kind of start to your new
So be aware, and don't carry a lot of money on you.
We suggest that you make a copy of your passport and have it either as
a soft copy on your computer or as hard copy that in the unlikely event
that your passport is either stolen or lost you will be able to replace
it a lot quicker with this document.
Other important documents that you should copy are your airline tickets
and credit cards.
If your pasport is stolen go to the nearest police station to report it
and then contact your embassy within Italy.
Italy Travel Tips and Money
It is far better to have your money in the bank, and travel with a
debit card that is international and will allow you to draw money from
an ATM machine known in Italy as a bancomat .
However, be warned, all ATM machines are in Italian ,
so learn some basic Italian words and phrases before going down that
The first time we tried to access money from our Italian bank account
from the ATM I ended up falling about laughing at my poor husband whose
Italian is non-existent, mainly because he relies on me to
interpret - as I watched him from the car becoming extremely agitated
at not being able to decipher the instructions to get his money out.
As I was no use to him due to my mirth he finally turned to a good
samaratin who was behind him in the queue and probably equally
frustrated at having to wait while my husband bashed away at the keys
with no result.
Credit cards are usually only accepted in
the larger cities, and even then some smaller food outlets like family
trattorias, pizzerias and pensioni may not accept credit cards.
However, you will be able to use your credit card at an Italian ATM as
long as you get a PIN number from your
bank that issued the credit card, in advance.
There have been cases where the machines have swallowed up tourists'
credit cards so make sure that this is not the only supply of money
that you will be counting on.
Italy Travel Tips - Getting Travel Insurance for Italy
is to cover you for accidents and the unexpected. For most
who experience problems like these during their holidays always wished
that they had invested in some time and money of getting some travel
insurance cover. Most of the time they hadn't and their holidays are
spoiled by huge bills. All this could have been avoided had they taken
insurance for Italy .
Italy Travel Tips - When to Travel to Italy
Italy can be visited at any time of year, but if you are
really smart about avoiding crowds, school and national Italian
holidays , having good weather and getting reduced prices on
your accommodation then head over to our page on when to visit Italy
for further details.
However, Italy is also famous for some very good festivals and if you
are planning a trip to Italy around these events then you will need to
know when they are. There is nothing worse finding out that you missed
a major Italian
festival by a few days.
Of course the weather
is a deciding factor, especially if you are thinking about going skiing
in the wonderful skiing resorts around.
Italy Travel Tips - How Much Does it Cost to Travel to and
Around Italy? The cost to travel in Italy will really come down to 3
- Flights to Italy
- Method of Getting Around Italy
- Accommodation in Italy
Travel to Italy Tips: Cheap Flights to Italy
Flights to Italy vary, and to be honest I always look for the cheapest
tickets available. However, I also don't compromise on how many legs
are involved or the distance traveled. For example, many cheap flights
to Italy can be found but then you discover that you have a 10 hour
delay in the carrier's airport plus 3 stops along the way making your
travel time probably 2 - 3 times longer than necessary.
If you are not in a hurry to get to your travel destination then that
is the flight to take. I am too impatient, and old enough not to want
to sit around in airport terminals waiting hours for my connecting
flight. For me, there is a balance. And if you do your searching
correctly you can find a flight that matches all your requirements.
You can save a lot of money here.
I once booked my ticket from Abu Dhabi to Italy for 50 % lower than the
published price. As there were 5 of us flying it was a substantial
Here is one company whose database you can search for insanely cheap
flights , however there are plenty of others on the Internet.
Getting Around Italy - Group Tours or Independent Travel?
I prefer independent travel for so many
reasons. Perhaps I am anti-social, but I can't think of anything worse
stuck with a group of people for a couple of weeks that you may or may
Group Tours have their Advantages.
- You can enjoy the scenery without having to worry about the
traffic or getting lost.
- You are taken to areas of interest and most of your meals
are usually provided.
- Taking a group tour gives you an overview of the country
and what it has to offer.
- It can be a great way to meet new people especially if you
are recently divorced or widowed.
- You will be able to see a lot in a short space of time.
- Short guided tours of Italy allow you to get an inside
guide to an area, city or town.
Guided tours of Italy
are not just for Italian landmarks and destinations. You can go on wine
tours, shopping tours, bike tours, walking tours and even take cookery
However, Group Tours also have their Disadvantages:
My main gripe against group tours is that you don't have any
flexibility that independent travel gives you.
- You don't have the ability to stay longer at places that
really interest you.
- You cannot explore the countryside apart from what is in
- You don't always end up with people that you like.
- Group tours are often whistle-stop affairs that are so
exhausting you will feel as if you need a holiday on your return.
- Group tours often work out more expensive than independent
- There really isn't the opportunity of getting to know the
people. To me, that is the whole point of traveling; to experience the
culture, getting to know the locals, their crafts and their food.
I love hiring a car and going out to
places I haven't visited before, taking roads just for the hell of it
to see where they lead, or going on a planned excursion knowing that I
have all day to enjoy it.
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